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02.21.06: Spurrier plucks UNC-Chapel Hill assistant ... Hurricanes, Sooners to clash in 2007, 2009 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.20.06: Producers working on Marshall film title ... NCAA announces plush digs at Final Four ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.19.06: Miami brings back Olson to run offense ... Mississippi College Choctaw mascot gets OK ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.18.06: ECU alumni take court prior to Marshall game  Report: Top three apparent for NFL draft ... DUI charge lodged against Sutton ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.17.06: NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games ... Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.16.06: Nation's champs meet nation's chief ... Mizzou officials deny Snyder was forced out ... Report: Indiana hoops coach on the way out ... Ousted Ohio State coach O'Brien wins lawsuit ... Cowboys switch Suttons ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.15.06: D-III slugger accomplishes cycle — times two ... Rice rookie gets national hitting honor ... SIU coach Kill tells of kidney cancer surgery ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.14.06: Frasure rewriting ECU record book ... Another weighty matter for the Pirates ... ECU softball duo gets C-USA honors ... Sutton benched for season after DUI citation ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.13.06: Marshall assistant heading for Louisiana Tech ... Missouri, Snyder reach settlement ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.12.06: ECU-Maryland rainout spawns Sunday twinbill ... Spurrier staff undergoes renovations ... Sutton misses game after auto accident ... Throng flocks to Lambeau for college hockey ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.11.06: McMahon departing ECU for Saints ... NCAA may grant replay challenges to coaches ... Snyder steps down, Watkins steps up at Mizzou ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.10.06: East Carolina steps up football schedule ... Play ball! Pirates, Terps open baseball season ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.09.06: Circuitous journey finds Erickson back in Idaho ... Colorado State athletic director steps down ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.08.06: Carter joins East Carolina football staff ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.07.06: Key suspensions deplete Pirates' ranks ... ACC officiating crew benched for botched call ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.06.06: Ole Miss coaching legend Vaught dies ... C-USA guards in running for Cousy Award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.05.06: Bass may be in line for new ECU post ... SMU AD Copeland calling it quits ... Bunting experiences technical difficulties ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.04.06: Here come Cougs and fully-cognizant Penders ... Wolfpack bats light up for A-Rod ... History of the NCAA now in print ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.03.06: FSU blue chipper says analyst advocated Irish ... Golden Eagles work the home front ... Pirate softball hurler gets preseason honor ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.02.06: Bailey heads for Starkville via Iraq ... Texas A&M gridders vie in "Big Splash" ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.01.06: Marshall crash will become film theme ... Memphis soccer faces professional team ... Green Wave gets Omaha rings ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule

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Scholarship suit could be costly to NCAA


Tom Farrey of ESPN the Magazine has reported that a federal antitrust lawsuit filed in Los Angeles seeks to prohibit the NCAA from telling member colleges they cannot offer athletic scholarships up to the full cost of attendance, an action that could expose the NCAA to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for past wrongs.

A class-action claim was brought on behalf of Division I-A football players and major-college basketball players, whose programs generate the overwhelming amount of revenue that flows into college athletic departments. Under antitrust law, any current scholarship athlete, as well as any player in the past four years, qualifies as a plaintiff.

Ramogi Huma is a case in point of the suit's intent. As a UCLA linebacker in the late 1990s, Huma left college after four years with $6,000 in credit card debt. His scholarship paid for tuition, room, board and required books but not incidentals such as phone bills and travel expenses. Coming from a lower-income family, he lacked the funds to cover the difference.

"That's where MBNA came in and cleaned house," Huma said of his high-interest credit card.

After graduation, Huma lobbied for a bona fide full ride for NCAA athletes, whose standard scholarship package, called a grant-in-aid, is equal to an amount about $2,500 a year less than the official cost of attendance. The NCAA wouldn't budge, despite supportive statements made by association president Myles Brand about raising the cap.

Big C-USA hoops matchup on tap tonight

Texas-El Paso, in its inaugural campaign in Conference USA, is looking to make an NCAA Tournament appearance for the third consecutive season.

The Miners (17-6, 10-1 C-USA) can go a long way toward achieving that objective by knocking off the best the league has to offer when they challenge No. 3 Memphis tonight on the road.

UTEP won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title two years ago and that league's postseason tournament last year.

Memphis is undefeated in C-USA (10-0) and carries 24-2 overall record into the 10 p.m. matchup at FedExForum. The contest can be seen on ESPN2.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                10-0   24-2
Texas-El Paso          10-1   17-6
UAB                     9-2   19-5
Houston                 8-3   18-6
Rice                    5-6  11-13
Central Florida         4-6  10-13
Tulsa                   4-6   9-14
Southern Methodist      4-7  12-12
Tulane                  4-7   9-15
Marshall                3-8  10-14
East Carolina           2-9   8-16
Southern Miss           2-9   8-18

----- SCORES -----

   No games scheduled.

   UAB 87, Southern Mississippi 50
   East Carolina 63, Marshall 59
   Houston 73, Tulsa 46
   Southern Methodist 77, Central Florida 55
   Memphis 105, Tulane 65
   Texas-El Paso 58, Rice 47

----- SCHEDULE -----

   East Carolina at Central Florida, 7:30 pm
   Southern Methodist at Tulsa, 8:05 pm
   Texas-El Paso at Memphis, 10 pm (ESPN2)

   Tulane at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Southern Mississippi at Marshall, 7 pm
   Central Florida at Rice, 7:05 pm
   UAB at Southern Methodist, 8 pm
   Tulsa at Memphis, 8 pm
   Houston at Texas-El Paso, 9 pm

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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